Best Pitcher Performance, No. 1: Kingham Cruises in 85-Pitch Complete Game

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INDIANAPOLIS – Taking home honors with the Best Pitcher Performance from the 2017 season is right-hander Nick Kingham who hurled an 85-pitch complete game in a 3-1 win over Syracuse on Aug. 10 at Victory Field. The complete game was the first of Kingham’s career, and it marked the most efficient nine-inning effort by a Tribe pitcher in the Victory Field era.

Kingham faced the minimum over the first six innings, including a nine-up-nine-down start that featured three strikeouts. He yielded an infield single to begin the fourth but promptly removed that baserunner thanks to a caught stealing.

Leading 2-0, Kingham helped himself in the home half of the fourth with a suicide squeeze that plated Erich Weiss from third base.

The 25-year-old’s bid at a shutout disappeared on a one-out homer by Brandon Snyder in the seventh, but Kingham kept his composure by picking up his eighth strikeout in the ensuing at-bat.

A flyout and popup then began the eighth ahead of four consecutive ground-ball outs to finish the game. In total, the Texas native induced 11 groundballs.

Kingham posted single-digit pitch counts in the first (7), second (9), fourth (9), sixth (4), eighth (8) and ninth innings (9) en route to victory. More impressively, he endured just two three-ball counts for the entire game.

His eight punchouts also matched a season high. The outing was one of four starts – three in the second half – where he did not walk a single batter.

The game was completed in one hour and 58 minutes, the fastest nine-inning contest for the Tribe in 2017.

Kingham’s final line: 9.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 85 pitches/60 strikes.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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